Questions Relating to Benefits for Different Types of People and Situations

Benefits for the Spouse of a Disabled Person

You can get retirement benefits based on your spouse’s record if you have been married for a year, and you are 62, and your spouse is 62 and is either drawing benefits, or has applied for benefits and asked that his or her benefits be suspended (do this if you want to retire, but he doesn’t)

Benefits For a Child of a Disabled or Retired Person

If you are eligible for disability benefits your children should be eligible to receive a monthly check for benefits based on your work record. This is true for biological, adopted or step children. In some cases a dependent grandchild might also qualify.The amount of the benefit depends on how many work credits you have.